Lu Over the Wall
Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta
Masaaki Yuasa’s quirky, aquatic anime introduces us to a colourful, musical mermaid named Lu.
Dir Masaaki Yuasa
Prod Koji Yamamoto, Yuka Okayasu, Junnosuke Ito
Scr Reiko Yoshida, Masaaki Yuasa
UK Distribution Anime Limited
Winner of the top prize at this year’s Annecy Animation Film Festival, Lu Over the Wall brings humans and merfolk together with surprising outcomes. Kai lives in a small fishing town with his superstitious grandfather. The old man warns him of the dangers of the merfolk, who he believes will cause them harm. When confronted by bullies, Kai is helped by Lu, a fun-loving mermaid who loves music but is vulnerable to sunlight. With a local seafood company posing a threat to the town and a number of its inhabitants hostile towards the mer people, Lu, Kai and his friends must club together to ensure both communities survive. This funky, upbeat tale is full of energy and features cute merdogs, musical mermaids and a giant humanoid shark. Despite the inevitable comparison with Ghibli’s Ponyo, Lu Over the Wall has its own unique style and features a really cool soundtrack.
Suitable for ages 10+. With English subtitles.